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Lesson: Essential Words: Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

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Writing

Managing to Find Joy

By Luciana

In this letter from the Essential Words lesson, a sophomore at South High School in Minneapolis gives thanks to Children’s Hospital employees.

Level

Grade 10

Type

Narrative, Persuasive

Dear Children’s Hospital employees,

Thank you! I want to start by saying how eternally grateful I am for you all, especially during this time. I went to the Children’s Hospital a lot as a child, and it holds a special place in my heart. You all are so courageous for healing others and working in the “front lines”! Work hours must be crazy. Thank you for making the world a better, healthier place one day at a time! Everyone out there is amazed by you all and what you all are doing, and I hope you all know that! Thank you for taking care of our siblings, cousins, grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends, coworkers, etc. who have been affected by the virus, and continuing to help others who have not. The world is grateful to have your care and help at this trying time. I hope you all are managing to find joy in something, even with all of the stress and sickness happening right now! Thank you all for everything that you do!

Best,

Luciana, sophomore at South High School in Minneapolis

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